Picking Cotton


1. Discuss specific examples of what you believe were the critical events that led to the wrongful conviction of Ronald Cotton. What mistakes were made and by whom? Were those mistakes avoidable? If so, how?

2. What are some of the problems surrounding eyewitness identification? What changes (in the way the criminal justice system handles eyewitness testimony) would you recommend or support? (for instance, the admission of expert testimony regarding the potential dangers of eyewitness identification?

Your responses and opinions must be based on and supported by the assigned reading. You must cite page numbers when referring to Picking Cotton and to the text. You must refer to specific examples from Picking Cotton throughout your paper.

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